It’s the morning of 15th November 2018. As the British government implodes upon itself one minister at a time, I seek brief solace in memories of the colours, flavours, textures and smells of Mexico City. I have no more words today.
Disclosure: I was gifted a bed and mattress from Eve.
Ever since my first visit to Mexico a few months ago, I find myself craving tacos all the time. Inspired by our tacos al pastor cooking class, I decided to create a simpler version to be enjoyed in bed on a lazy Sunday morning. I’m a firm believer that – as long as you slap on a fried egg and serve with coffee – almost any dish could be enjoyed for breakfast.
½ tsp coriander seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 ancho chilli
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 cup pineapple juice
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small white onion
400g lean pork mince
4 corn tortillas
4 fresh large eggs
2 tbsp butter
1 large avocado
Add ½ tsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds and 6 peppercorns to a tadka pan. Toast on a low heat until the spices just begin to smoke, then grind into a fine powder using a pestle and mortar. Deseed and remove the spine of 1 ancho chilli. Toast for a few minutes in a saucepan then add 4 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 cup pineapple juice, the powdered spice mix, ½ tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp paprika, a pinch of salt and 2 cloves of finely minced garlic. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half. Blitz the contents of the saucepan into a smooth marinade paste.
Dice 1 small white onion and fry in a skillet with 400g lean pork mince. Once the meat has browned, add the marinade paste and mix well. De-glaze the bottom of the skillet with a splash of water, simmer off the excess liquid, then set the pork aside.
Heat 4 corn tortillas for a minute in the microwave, then wrap in a tea towel to keep warm until ready to assemble your tacos. Fry four fresh eggs in a little butter. To each tortilla add: a generous serving of pork, 1 fried egg and some slices of avocado. Serve with fresh coriander and lime wedges. Buen provecho!
What a perfect way to celebrate our new bed. It’s serendipitous that, just as I was starting to consider updating my mattress, Eve got in touch with a collaboration request. I feel giddy with how comfortable the Hybrid mattress is, and love the minimal grey Scandi design of the bed-frame. It even got a teeny seal of approval from Bramble!
Disclosure: Airbnb covered my expenses for this trip.
While the Beast from the East was creeping across Europe, we narrowly managed to squeeze in a break to Bordeaux before all hell (in the Brits-can’t-handle-2-inches-of-snow sense) broke loose. It was my first trip to this city, and boy did I fall hard for its charm. The folk are friendly and patient, even when faced with my pathetic French vocabulary. Bordeaux eateries serve unbelievably delicious food in humble and unpretentious settings: I definitely recommend Le Chien de Pavlov, La Tupina and (of course) all of the canelés. We also stumbled upon Hangar Darwin, a former military barracks turned into an ecological collective that is home to over 130 organisations, united in their common goal of reducing their carbon footprint – a must-visit.
There were a number of stunning Airbnb listings around the city but, as soon as I laid eyes on this one, that was that. Located in the historic centre, it was the perfect base as most spots I wanted to visit were within walking distance.